In August 1961, approximately 1,500 Western troops entered Berlin, Germany to reinforce the garrison there.East Berlin authorities, backed by the Soviets, countered by demanding that civilians entering Berlin show identification papers.This only heightened the hostilities between the United States and the Soviets leading to an American mobilization of National Guard troops in Berlin. Two National Guard divisions were called up; one from Texas and the other from Wisconsin.120 soldiers of Troop B, 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 105th Armor division of the Wisconsin National Guard 32nd Infantry left for Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1961. These Reedsburg troops were to be trained in Washington before leaving for Germany. On October 25, 1961, all businesses and schools closed for a farewell parade down Main Street in Reedsburg.The Times-Press noted that “Faces of parents and other older adults recalled memories of men who departed for duty during the past wars.Expressions of innocence and bewilderment covered the faces of the youngsters not fully aware of the true impact of the event.” Lifemagazine documented the troops’ preparations and departure in its November 3, 1961 edition. The parade was led by a color guard of former veterans and guardsmen bearing rifles, followed by V.F.W. and Legion members.Half of the Reedsburg High School Band preceded the soldiers and the other half followed, with flag bearers flanking the guardsmen. Boy and Girl Scout troops, along with firemen, brought up the rear.
As the next 12 months passed, hostilities cooled in Europe and the American troops returned home. In August 1962, Troop B returned home to Reedsburg.